Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Today I wanted to go over another flour that I like to use, Spelt Flour. I use it in the Low Gluten mix I showed you here. Spelt is in the wheat family. It actually looks a lot like wheat but a little longer. It does have gluten in it, but it is not as tough as the gluten in wheat so it is easier for our bodies to break down. Most people who are gluten intolerant can digest this flour but not those who have celiacs disease. You can easily grind spelt in your own grinder or mill at home. I really like the flavor of spelt. It has a nice nutty taste and is much lighter than wheat. When I have put it in recipes, especially quick breads and desserts, I get more complements than when I use wheat in the same recipe.
Spelt has some benefits that wheat doesn't have. For one it has 10 to 20 percent more protein that wheat does. It has more thiamine, vitamin B1 and B6, and more vitamin E. Spelt is higher in unsaturated fatty acids, which are important for regeneration of nerve cells. It supports good blood circulation. It is more water soluble which makes it easier to digest.
So if you're wanting to try a new type of flour, give spelt a try. It has great health benefits and tastes good too. Happy Healthier eating!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I want to talk more in detail about some of the flours that I use. Today for our Wisdom Wednesday I am going to talk about Barley Flour. Barley flour is a fine powder you get when you mill or grind the grain barley. IBarley is a grain that is grown though out the world. It is drought resistant and cold resistant so it can be grown all over in many different areas. When buying barley there are three common types, malted, hulled, and pearled. Malted barley is when they allow whole barley to spout and then rapidly dried. When barley goes through this process it chemically alters the grain. It is also the first step in the brewing process. Hulled barley is when they have removed the hull from the barley. When this happens you can not sprout it at home but you can mill or grind it in your own grinder to make flour. Pearled barley is when they have removed the hull and then they steam it to remove the kernels and then it is polished. You can also grind this at home. Some of the nutritional value is lost in the pearled barley, so I like to use hulled barley more. Barley doesn't have as much gluten at wheat, but it does have some gluten. So it isn't good for those who have celiacs but fine for those who are gluten intolerant. Or if you just want to add more nutrition to your diet.
Speaking of nutrition, barley contains 8 essential amino acids. Eating whole grain barley can regulate your blood sugar for up to 10 hours. One half cup of barley flour contains 7 grams of fiber! White all-purpose flour only contains 2 grams of fiber. Barley contains 2 times as many fatty acids as wheat does. It has vitamin E, wheat doesn't have any. Barley has more thiamin, riboflavin, and lysine than wheat does so it is more of a balanced protein. For more nutrition information on barley go here. I like the nutty flavor of barley. I don't use it in everything but it is great for quick breads and pancakes. So if you haven't tried barley, try some. It is a great way to add a little more nutrition to your diet! Happy Healthier Eating!!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
two pieces of lettuce with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Did you know that there are other foods besides caffeine that can keep you from falling asleep? Well I was a little surprised by some of these foods. First off is aged cheese, such as Parmesan, Romano, Asiago. They all have high level of the amino acid tyramine, which is known to to keep you up. Spicy foods is another food to say away from before bedtime. Especially if you have heartburn or acid reflux. When you lay down after eating spicy foods it only increases your chances of a flair up. These next two you shouldn't be eating or drinking anyways, and that is processed meats (they have high levels of tyramine), and alchol. Another food that you will be a little surprised at is Milk Chocolate. It also contains high levels of tyramine. One that, like caffeine, is no big surprise is Ginseng Tea. It is a stimulate like caffeine so it will keep you up just like caffeine does.
If you're not eating enough protein during the day then your blood sugar levels won't be stable. That can make it so you don't get the sleep you need. Also if you are stressed your body will not be able to relax enough to get the deep sleep that your body needs. Having a bedtime routine, yes even as an adult, will help your body to relax a little more.
So if you're having a hard time sleeping, look at the foods that you are eating, especially if it is less than three hours before you go to bed. Getting a good night sleep is very important for your body to maintain good health. Here's to a Happy Healthier, more rested you!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Today I wanted to talk about another vitamin, Vitamin C. Vitamin C is very important to our bodies. Did you know that your body can not make it's own vitamin C? Well it's true. The only way our bodies can get this important vitamin in through the food we eat and the supplements we take. Vitamin C has many benefits which include, helping your body absorb iron and calcium, prevention of Scurvy, strengthening our immune system, it aids in the structure of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones, it is also critical in aiding our brain function. That is how important vitamin C is to our body. If you don't have enough vitamin C you can develop Scurvy. If you have too much vitamin C our body just lets it go out through our urine. If you have too much for a long period of time it can make it so your body can't use vitamin B12 or you can develop kidney stones. As Americans we don't get enough vitamin C. Here are some food that are rich in vitamin C that you probably wouldn't have thought of.
Red sweet peppers, Green peppers, Guava, Oranges, Kiwi, Grapefruit juice, Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Brussels sprouts, Tomato juice, and others.
The RDA suggests that we consume 57-90 milligrams a day for adults. But some research suggests that if you get 500 milligrams a day it will increase your health dramatically. That is about 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If you're not eating enough food that is rich in vitamin C, then it would be wise to use a supplement as well. But really doesn't food sound so much better than taking a pill? :] So remember happy healthier eating.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Our body fights everyday to maintain our ph levels. It wants to be balanced. We can make our body more acidic or more alkaline depending on what food we eat and what we drink. Almost all of the foods we eat release either an acid or an alkaline base into our blood after being digested. For example, soda has an acidic range around 2.5 ph ("similar to battery acid" reports Connie Eccles). To help our body process the soda and bring our body back to a healthier ph level we would need to drink about 32 ounces of good water, water that has a ph of at least 7. When I found that out it really did change my view on soda. So when you think about what you are going to eat, think about whether that food is going to make you more acidic or more alkaline. There are many list out there that tell you if a food is acidic or alkaline. Some go into more detail than others. If a food is a low level acid forming food then you can count it as neutral, such as most grains, most nuts and seeds, and butter. The same goes for low level alkaline forming foods such as, almonds, blackstrap molasses, and lima beans. The Wolfe Clinic has a list on their web site for acid and alkaline foods, click here to see it.
My point for this Wisdom Wednesday post is to help you to be more aware of the food that you are eating and how it can help or hurt your body. If you have tried many things and you are still struggling with being tired all the time, or you get flu and cold symptoms and you don't get the full virus, or maybe you have increased mucous and you can't seem to get rid of it, all of these are signs that your body is too acidic. Change your diet. Consume 80% of alkaline foods and 20% of acid foods along with drinking more good water. I'm sure that you'll feel better soon, and as always happier healthier eating!